SOLO improvements: Journal Search and shortcuts to purchase and Interlibrary requests

We continue to improve SOLO for our users. Here is the latest round of changes and tips.

⇒ We have added shortcuts to the top of SOLO and it’s now easier to recommend a purchase or request an item from a library outside Oxford (InterLibrary Request).

⇒ We have added Journal Search to only search or browse for print or electronic journals.This replaces Journals A-Z.

Top tip: switch from Search Everything to Oxford Collections to only find books, theses, databases, journals (but not 100m+ journal articles, book reviews, etc.)


See our SOLO LibGuide for full details and see below for quick links to useful searches and tools. Once you master SOLO, you will be able to make even more the most of our very rich and extensive collections.

Frontpage of SOLO with pointers highllghting Help to the SOLO LibGuide, Purchase Request to recommend a purchase, Need More? for InterLibrary Requests and '...' (three dots) to see more search options. Further pointers highlight the tip to change the default Search Everything to Oxford Collections and to click on Live Chat on the right to get help during working hours.

More searching options are in the extended section. That is especially useful for browsing for books by subject where you don’t have any author or title.

The Journal Search is also available from here (as well as from the SOLO front page > Useful Links).

A screenshot from SOLO's full list of search options, including browsing by subjects and doing a Journal Search

In Journal Search, you can browse by subject (may not be the best search for a very large subject like History but it could be useful)…

Screenshot from Journal Search, showing how to browse for journals by subject.

… or you can search by journal title (not article title!). This is useful if your journal uses very common words – such as History!

A screenshot from SOLO Journal Search with an example of searching for journals called 'History'.

Getting help

  • During working hours, the quickest to get help is to ask our Live Chat (from front page of SOLO).
  • Check out the SOLO LibGuide.
  • Ask any of our friendly library staff in our libraries.